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May 11, 1984

Students' Opinions on the 1980 GMENAC Report

Author Affiliations

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson

JAMA. 1984;251(18):2349. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340420021015

To the Editor.—  The 1980 Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee (GMENAC) Report1 continues to generate debate on its methodology and policy implications.2-4 Yet the opinions of those most affected— future physicians now in medical school—are rarely solicited. We have surveyed each first-year medical class (classes of 1984, 1985, and 1986) entering the University of Arizona since the GMENAC Report was issued. The report is presented from a neutral viewpoint in the second-semester "Preparation for Clinical Medicine" course. Students are then asked to complete anonymously the statement, "My personal opinion of the 1980 GMENAC Report is closest to..." Among the 221 (84% of the 263 students queried) who chose one of the five suggested responses, the distribution was as follows: (a) "There was no justification for the commissioning of the Report," 2.3%; (b) "The Report's projection of excess numbers of physicians (especially in some fields) is not accurate;